Reprint as at 25 March 2014

Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000

Public Act2000 No 48
Date of assent14 November 2000
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

3 Interpretation

4 Purposes

5 Act applies to specified indicative referenda

Part 2
Voting paper for postal voting

6 Wording of proposals, responses, and questions

7 Form of voting paper

Part 3

8 Returning Officer

9 Returning Officer may employ or engage persons

10 Electoral Commission

11 Delegation by Returning Officer or Electoral Commission

12 Provisions applying to delegations

Part 4
Rolls of electors

Purpose of rolls

13 Purposes of rolls

Preliminary referendum rolls

14 Preliminary referendum rolls

15 Form of printed preliminary referendum rolls

16 Section 110 of the Electoral Act 1993 not to apply to printed preliminary referendum rolls

17 Public inspection of printed preliminary referendum rolls

18 Public use of printed preliminary referendum rolls

19 Supply of electoral information under Electoral Act 1993

20 Objections to registration

Referendum roll and supplementary referendum roll

21 Referendum roll

22 Supplementary referendum roll

23 Form of referendum roll and supplementary referendum roll

24 Supply of copy of rolls to Returning Officer

25 Persons who qualify to register as electors after close of roll

26 Persons who, at commencement of voting period, are dead or disqualified or removed from roll

27 Protection of referendum roll and supplementary referendum roll

28 Supply and protection of information used for any official publicity campaign

Part 5
Conduct of referendum

29 Who may vote

30 Voting period

Dispatching voting papers

31 Meaning of dispatched

32 Period for dispatching voting papers

33 Dispatching voting papers by post

34 Dispatching replacement voting papers by post

35 Dispatching voting papers by fax or dictation

36 Envelopes and information accompanying voting papers

37 Extension of voting period

Marking and returning voting papers

38 Method of voting

39 Return of voting papers to Returning Officer

40 Times for return of voting papers

41 Voting papers returned late

Progressive processing of voting papers

42 Processing of voting papers

43 Informal voting papers

44 Invalid voting papers

45 Protection of secrecy during processing

46 Publicity during processing

47 Supervision of processing

Announcing results

48 Procedure after close of voting period

49 Declaration of result of referendum

50 Disposal of voting papers and rolls


51 Advertisers to be identified

Part 6
Application for inquiry into conduct of referendum


52 Who may be applicants


53 Who may be respondents

54 Who may be respondents

Making of application

55 Application form

56 Application to be filed in Wellington High Court

57 Time for making application

58 Application to be sent to Returning Officer

59 Application to be served on respondents

Hearing of application

60 Matters to be inquired into at hearing

Court's decision

61 Decision of court as to result of referendum

62 Fresh referendum

Part 7

63 Officials

64 Rolls

65 Official publicity campaign

66 Influencing electors generally

67 Advertisers

68 Voting papers

69 Bribery by any person at any time

70 Bribery by any person after voting period

71 Bribery by elector before or during voting period

72 Treating

73 Undue influence

74 Voting

75 Personation

76 Processing


77 Property may be stated as being in Returning Officer

Part 8
Miscellaneous provisions

78 Validation of irregularities

79 Two or more referenda

80 Regulations and rules

81 Enactments amended

Part 9
Amendments to Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993

82 Part to be part of the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993

83 Interpretation

84 Part heading substituted

85 Prohibitions

86 New sections 22 to 22AB substituted

87 Part heading substituted

88 New sections 24 to 26C substituted

89 Endorsement and return of the writ

90 New sections 40 and 40AA substituted

91 New Part heading substituted

92 Publicity for indicative referendum

93 Returns in relation to advertisements

94 Duty of Chief Electoral Officer [Repealed]

95 Return to be open for public inspection [Repealed]

96 Part heading substituted

97 New headings and sections 48 to 51G substituted

98 New Part heading substituted

99 Part heading substituted

100 New section 55 substituted

101 New section 58A inserted

102 Schedule amended

103 Consequential repeals

Schedule 1

Schedule 2
Enactments amended

Schedule 3
New form inserted


Schedule 4
New form substituted

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